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With breathtaking bay views and a central downtown location, booking a stay at Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco is a worthwhile splurge. Before you make your reservation, here are five things you need to know about the Five-Star hotel:
1. If you have to cancel your stay at the hotel, usually you’ll be charged a fee of one night’s stay (plus tax) if you do so without enough notice. Guest rooms start at $395 a night, while suites range from $850 to $9,000 a night. To cancel your stay in a regular room without being charged, you’ll need to give notice by 6 p.m. the day before. Some suites require between 72 hours’ and a week’s notice, so be sure to ask about your room’s cancellation policy when booking.
2. You have complimentary access to the Sports Club/LA gym and pool, a big perk considering the complex’s size and range of offerings. There’s cardio and weight-lifting equipment and more than 100 fitness classes, in addition to a full-service spa, sauna, steam room and free bottled water.
3. The elegant décor at the San Francisco hotel feels as luxurious as it looks. You’ll find rooms with beautiful wood trim, rich wood furnishings, tons of natural light and a soft, fabric wall covering behind your bed that picks up the soothing bay tones outside your window. Bathrooms feature high-end bath products and marble floors — you may not want to leave.
4. Room service is extensive, and ideal whether enjoyed in your room or take it to go to nibble on while sightseeing. Not everything is available 24 hours, but there are plenty of options available after 10 p.m. Breakfast is a high point: There are combination platters with eggs, potatoes, breakfast pastries and coffee, or treats like cinnamon raisin French toast with banana-rum compote and candied pecans, and fresh-squeezed orange, grapefruit and carrot juices. There are salads, soups, sandwiches and standout entrées like a catch of the day or organic salmon filet in a lemon and caper beurre blanc. Take the flavors and convenience of room service with you: Order a picnic lunch for the Golden Gate Bridge filled with veggie antipasti, charcuterie, artisanal cheeses, bread and wine.
5. The hotel is very kid-friendly, with a milk-and-cookie welcome at check-in, just-for-kids toiletries, child-sized bathrobes and DVDs for little ones in the hotel’s library. There’s also a ton of activities nearby that kiddies will enjoy — from a trip to Alcatraz to watching sea lions — and a separate kids’ room service menu with classics like silver dollar pancakes, PB&J and a make-your-own sundae.